Powerful forces -- narrowing wage gaps, tumbling U.S. energy prices, the vagaries of currency markets -- are pulling Chinese companies across the Pacific. Mayors and economic development officials have lined up to welcome Chinese investors. Southern states, touting low labor and land costs, have been especially aggressive. read more
"You might expect that, all these years after Newton, we might have a good measure of his gravitational constant, G. As the authors of a new paper on the topic note, there are plenty of reasons to want a good measure of G 'given the relevance of the gravitational constant in several fields ranging from cosmology to particle physics, and in the absence of a complete theory linking gravity to other forces.'" read more
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday cut its estimate of recoverable oil in California's Monterey shale by 96 percent, casting doubt on what was once thought to be America's next major energy play. The deposit composes 2/3rds of the total shale reserves in the US. Even though estimates in 2011 put the estimated recoverable oil at 13.6 billion barrels, while this update puts the estimate at 600 Million, the daily output is not expected to be impacted in the near future. "Not all resources are created equal," EIA head Adam Sieminski said.
Michael S. Teitelbaum, The Atlantic: The truth is that there is little credible evidence of the claimed widespread shortages in the U.S. science and engineering workforce. ... No one has been able to find any evidence indicating current widespread labor market shortages or hiring difficulties in science and engineering occupations that require bachelors degrees or higher, although some are forecasting high growth in occupations that require post-high school training but not a bachelors degree. All have concluded that U.S. higher education produces far more science and engineering graduates annually than there are S&E job openings -- the only disagreement is whether it is 100 percent or 200 percent more. read more
In 1995, Congressional Republicans shut down the Office of Technology Assessment. For 23 years, this agency had published reports that provided legislators with nonpartisan analyses of science and technology issues. Last week, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) tried to reopen the agency with minimal funding.
He failed. read more